Israel is a dynamic, modern country, with foci on high tech industry and efficient agriculture. It is a country of immigrants from around the world, each bringing their own talents and traditions. It is a Jewish state that struggles to balance religious and secular needs.
On Wednesday, April 13, at 5 p.m., you have the opportunity to learn more about Israel from noted Israel expert, political science professor and author Dr. Fred Lazin, when he addresses the topic, “Israel’s Changing Collective Identity.” This free event is open to the community and will be held at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law. A reception will follow at 6.
Lazin is the Natan Visiting Professor in the Center for Israel Studies at the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. He recently completed a term as Chair of the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University. He has also taught at the Hebrew University, UCLA, George Washington University, Cornell, Tufts and CUNY. He has served as a Visiting Scholar at universities in Sweden, France, China, Czech Republic, Canada and the United States.
Lazin has written and edited 10 books dealing with public policy in the United States, Israel and developing countries, Israeli politics and society and Jews in American politics. He received the Israel Political Science Association’s award for the outstanding English language book on politics in 2005 for The Struggle for Soviet Jewry in American Politics; Israel versus the American Jewish Establishment. His pioneering research on the response of American Jewish organizations to German Jewish refugees in the 1930’s opened a new field in Holocaust Studies. He has also authored over 60 scholarly articles and chapters in books.
Lazin earned his B.A. in government and history from the University of Massacusetts, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.
This program is sponsored by the Jewish Community of Louisville’s Jewish Community Relations Council